Reseaarch Group Vector Biology

Biology of Vectors of Arthropod-Borne Diseases Research Group

The group studies various aspects of inter-organism interactions within complex symbiotic systems, which include vertebrate, ectoparasites and hyperparasites (pathogens: fungi, bacteria, viruses). The group identifies and describes new parasites and pathogenic agents, with a special focus on the boreal zone, characterized by relatively harsh climate conditions. This research is done in collaboration with the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno (Czech Republic). 


Dr. Mariya Orlova  Senior Researcher
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Research group members

 Dr. Oleg Orlov   Senior Researcher
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 Nikolai Anisimov  Junior Researcher and PhD Student in Parasitology
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 Denis Kazakov  Laboratory Assistant, Master Student in Vertebrate Zoology
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Selected Publications:

Zahradnikova A. Jr, Kovacova V., Martinkova N., Orlova M. V., Orlov O. L., Piacek V., Zukal J., Pikula J. Historic and geographic surveillance of Pseudogymnoascus destructans possible from collections of bat parasites // Transbound Emerg. Dis. 2017; 1–6.

Zukal J., Bandouchova H., Brichta J., Cmokova A., Jaron K.S., Kolarik M., Kovacova V., Kubátová A., Nováková A., Orlov O., Pikula J., Presetnik P., Šuba J., Zahradníková A. Jr., Martínková N. White-nose syndrome without borders: Pseudogymnoascus destructans infection tolerated in Europe and Palearctic Asia but not in North America // Scientific Reports. 6:19829. DOI: 10.1038/srep19829.

Reeves W. K., Beck J., Orlova M. V., Daly J. L., Pippin K., Revan F., Loftis A. D. Ecology of Bats, Their Ectoparasites, and Associated Pathogens on Saint Kitts Island // Journal of Medical Entomology, 2016, 53 (5): 1218-1225. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjw078

Ramírez Martínez M. M., Lopez M. P. I., Iñiguez-Dávalos L. I., Yuill T., Orlova M. V., Reeves W. K. 2016. New records of ectoparasitic Acari (Arachnida) and Streblidae (Diptera) from bats in Jalisco, Mexico // Journal of Vector Ecology, V. 41, n. 2. P. 309-313.
Burazerović J., Orlova M., Obradović M., Ćirović D., Tomanović S. Patterns of abundance and host specificity of bat ectoparasites in the Central Balkans // Journal of Medical Entomology, 2017 55(1): 20-28.

Orlova M.V., Orlov O.L., Kazakov D.V., Zhigalin A.V. Approaches to the identification of ectoparasite complexes of bats (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae, Miniopteridae, Rhinolophidae, Molossidae) in the Palaearctic // Entomological Review, 2017, v. 97, N5, p. 684-701.

Orlova M.V., Kazakov D.V., Kravchenko L.B., Zhigalin A. V. 2017. Ectoparasite fauna of the Siberian bat Myotis sibiricus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) with a revision of previous data on ectoparasites from Brandt’s bat Myotis brandtii s. l. and the whiskered bat M. mystacinus s. l. of the Eastern Palaearctic Entomological Review, 97(8), 1166-1173.


Potential research topics for PhD students and postdocs:

  1. Viral/bacterial/fungal infections (make your selection), associated with bats and bat ectoparasites of the Palearctic boreal zone.
  2. Bat ectoparasites of Eastern Siberia: systematics, biology, their role in pathogen transmission.
  3. Parasite-host relationships of vertebrates and arthropods, based on host-specific groups (seasonal fluctuations in population, synchronization of life cycles).
  4. Ecology and fauna of bats of Western Siberia.

Russian Partner Organizations:

Severtsov Insitute for Problems of Ecology and Evolution, R.A.S
Zoological Institute of R.A.S., St. Petersburg
Institute for Ecology of Plants and Animals of the Ural Branch of R.A.S.

International Partners:

University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, the Czech Republic
Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Institute of Biology of Vertebrate Animals, Czech Academy of Sciences

Press about the Research Group: (Russian source) (Russian source) 

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